13-year-old terrorist who stabbed Israelis sentenced to 12 years in prison

The young Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack in Pisgat Ze’ev with his cousin about a year ago was sentenced to 12 years in prison today. The court also ruled that he will compensate the two victims of the attack.
Ahmed Manasra Photo Credit: Yaron Avraham/Channel 2 News

Today (Monday), terrorist Ahmed Manasra was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Manasra’s sentencing at the Jerusalem District Court comes about a year after the terror attack occurred and about half a year after he was convicted. Manasra was 13 years old when he carried out the stabbing attack.

In addition, the judges ruled that Manasra will pay 180,000 NIS in compensation to his victims: 100,000 to the 13-year-old boy he stabbed and another 80,000 NIS to a young man who was injured.

“Although we are talking about minors, the punishment is typically a prison sentence,” wrote the judges in their verdict. “The punishment needs to express society’s dislike for such actions aimed at killing a person due to his racial background especially in light of the ongoing terror wave that has been plaguing the State of Israel. A lighter punishment would most likely send a wrong message to the public.”

The judges added: “Being a minor does not grant immunity from punishment.”

Manasra and his cousin stabbed a Haredi young man and a 13-year-old in Pisgat Ze’ev in October 2015. The 13-year-old boy was seriously injured. Manasra’s cousin was eliminated by police officers. Manasra was injured from the police officers attempts to neutralize him. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that Manasra was eliminated. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu countered this claim by releasing a picture of Manasra from the hospital where he was receiving medical care for his wounds.

Last May, JOL reported that the court decided that Manasra was guilty of two counts of attempted murder and carrying a knife. Manasra’s lawyers claimed throughout the trial that their client did not actually stab the victims.

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